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Review Committee Narrows Lithonia Police Chief Recommendations to Three

There were 22 applications for police chief of the city.

A citizens review committee this week recommended three applicants from the 22 who applied for Lithonia chief of police during the city council's regular business meeting.

Allene S. Harper, chairperson for the committee which includes six others, said the applicants are:

  • Eddie Moody
  • Melvin Douglas
  • Xavier Todd

Moody is a retired DeKalb County police chief; Melvin Douglas, DeKalb County district attorney's office (investigator); and Todd is the acting police chief for the City of Lithonia.

In September, the City Council voted to relieve acting police chief Washington Varnum Jr. of his duties after an administrative law judge upheld a revocation of his certification, leaving him with no arrest powers.

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